National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Lace and Straw Bonnet Lace and Straw Bonnet
Rendered by Henry De Wolfe (artist), c. 1940
watercolor and graphite on paperboard
overall: 47.8 x 42 cm (18 13/16 x 16 9/16 in.)
Index of American Design
1943.8.2674
Not on View
From the Tour: Costumes from the Index of American Design
Object 22 of 26

The style of women's hats is another fashion that changed about the time of the Civil War. The earlier bonnet that covered the hair and shielded the face gave way to small, elaborately trimmed hats with veils.

This straw hat with a black veil is dated about 1865. The bowed ribbon, seen behind the veil, was tied under the woman's chin to hold the hat in place. A knitted hemp scarf with fringed ends is wound around the center crown and falls over the rim at the back.

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